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16yo with 3mm Retrolisthesis--outlook?

Hope373HHope373 Posts: 2
edited 01/15/2015 - 8:27 PM in Lower Back Pain
My 16yo son was lifting and injured himself. Been several months of recurrent pain after rest. Finally got an MRI and it showed a 3mm retrolisthesis. He has quit playing sports and is working on rehab. At the time of injury, he was in stellar shape with super strong abs. With conservative care and good exercise work ethic, how good is his outlook? Does his age help his prognosis since he still has some growing left to do? He can't even grow a mustache so I think he will grow at least another 1-2 inches in height (says the growth charts). Haven't found much on adolescent injuries of this sort. Thanks in advance.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There is nobody on the qualified or permitted to advise on a condition or prognosis all information will be based on personal experiences.


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  • I am posting this because at my darkest hour, no one helped me with any hope. I hope this post helps someone someday. My son underwent 10 PRP prolotherapy sessions + 1 stem cell session starting 4 mo post injury for 7 months. He is greatly improved. Had to quit playing competitve sports but can walk around all day and do daily activities with no pain. This he could not do before. He only feels his back when standing on a hard surface or carrying around a heavy back pack. Can run up to 3 miles without pain. Cannot swing a golf club 2 months ago but his last treatment (stem cell) ended 3 months ago and he is still feeling improvement. We believe he will be able to swing at some point, maybe not 100x a day to be a pro. Prolo was very helpful. Can't say he is 100% but about 85% improvement. Treatments cost a total of around $10k, but worth it. Is planning to do a sprint triathlon in 6 mo.
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